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1893: A World's Fair Mystery

by Peter Nepstad profile


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About the Story

A theft on the fairgrounds! Precious diamonds stolen from the Kimberly Diamond Mining Exhibit! An urgent telegram from your old partner arrives, requesting your help to solve the mystery. How can you refuse? And besides, you've been dying to see the wonder of the age everyone has been talking about, this Columbian Exposition. And so, dossier in hand, you take the next train to Chicago.

But this is no simple theft. And as theft turns to kidnapping, and kidnapping to murder, you find yourself at the center of a plot the extent of which you can only begin to imagine...

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Public Release
License: Former Commercial
Development System: TADS 2
Baf's Guide ID: 1850
IFIDs:  TADS2-74999197CE61A88985915521643EF76D
TUID: 00e0t7swrris5pg6

Off-Site Reviews

Adventure Gamers

...1893: A World's Fair Mystery is fascinating, entertaining, deviously educational, and simply one of the most fantastic adventure games I have ever played, text or otherwise.
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Associated Press
Computer game based on 1893 World's Fair is excellent
A World's Fair Mystery proves convincingly that the best games aren't about razzle-dazzle special effects or cheap gimmickry. They're about story, character, and especially here, location, location, location.
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A generous use of archival photographs makes up for the sparse demo of 1893: A World's Fair Mystery...
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Game Chronicles Magazine

1893: A Worlds Fair Mystery is definitely a niche game targeted toward a specific demographic. Older gamers, history buffs, teachers and students, or anyone who loves the Windy City will definitely find something of genuine interest in this title.
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Game Industry News
1893: More than Fair
1893: A World's Fair Mystery is a text adventure game that really brings out the simple elegance of the genre.
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Gaming Enthusiast
The exposition itself is as truthful to the original one as possible and features 500 photographs from the period, which significantly deepens the experience.
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1893: Fair Enough
Everything that's said about 1893 has to take into account one thing: it's enormous. You hear rumours of it from other players. Okay, so it's big. Then you read the feelie notes. Oookay, so it's probably a good deal bigger than I thought. Then you actually play the thing. Oh boy.
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World Class
It's a game that richly rewards exploration, that provides hours and hours of engrossing entertainment, that charms with its cleverness and awes with its magnitude. It has its flaws, but it's well worth your twenty dollars.
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Just Adventure
Its neither story nor puzzle-based while doesnt rely heavily in conversation either. Its rather a game to be explored and enjoyed in the fantastic, overwhelming and epic environment it offers.
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Play This Thing!
Coupling a well-researched and evocative depiction of the Exposition with interesting puzzles and a mystery to solve, 1893 proves there's life in the text adventure yet. Both fans of the genre and those interested in Chicago's history will enjoy it greatly.
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Quandary Computer Game Reviews

Well worth a look...I'm flabbergasted at the size and grandeur of the Chicago World's Fair Exhibition.
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v.15: 24-Nov-2019 23:01 - cas
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v.14: 20-Jun-2015 00:46 - David Welbourn
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v.13: 20-Apr-2015 17:34 - PTN
v.12: 15-Apr-2015 12:37 - PTN
v.11: 14-Apr-2015 00:04 - PTN
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v.10: 13-Apr-2015 23:53 - PTN
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v.9: 22-Sep-2013 12:40 - Edward Lacey
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v.7: 23-Aug-2012 13:27 - Paul O'Brian
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v.6: 26-Feb-2011 15:12 - Rafael Sanchez
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v.5: 05-Apr-2008 11:46 - Emily Short
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v.4: 11-Nov-2007 20:38 - Peter Nepstad
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v.3: 11-Nov-2007 20:14 - Peter Nepstad
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v.2: 11-Nov-2007 19:57 - Peter Nepstad
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v.1: 16-Oct-2007 01:46 - IFDB
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